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Lamar Valley Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

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From $165.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The lush riverside plains of the Lamar Valley are a wildlife-watching hotspot within the Yellowstone National Park. With this guided hike, explore the natural landscapes as you venture off-road and seek out little-known spots, increasing your chances of spotting wildlife. Look out for buffalo, wolves, eagles, and other animals along the way, and watch from a safe distance in their natural habitat.
  • Escape the crowds and explore off-the-beaten-track
  • Experienced guide who knows all the best wildlife-viewing spots
  • Delicious packed lunch included with the tour
  • Small-group experience with a maximum of 15 hikers

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Bear Spray, Trekking Pole, Binoculars, and Backpack (if necessary).
  • Admission to Yellowstone National Park: $35 per vehicle, good for one week

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Lamar River Trailhead 3K1, NE Entrance Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA

    Meet at 8 AM at the Lamar River Trailhead from May-October.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Operated by Yellowstone Hiking Guides

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lamar Valley Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Lamar Valley Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Lamar Valley Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lamar Valley Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

A few pointers: bring your own binoculars if you have good ones , don’t forget a rain jacket, you’ll need plenty of water and sunscreen and make sure your hiking boots are well broken in.
47 reviews
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Do not skip this trip!
Jason_S, May 2022
We were able to see grizzlies among many other wildlife. Josh and Joel were knowledgeable and fun. Eating by the river was so peaceful. The views were some of the best we have seen in Yellowstone. I would recommend this hike to anyone. It is not difficult and worth every penny
Must do adventure
Donna_W, Oct 2021
WOW! This is a must do adventure for anyone visiting Yellowstone! Josh was our guide. His amicable and humorous personality made the hike so enjoyable. Josh took us off the typical hiked trail and along bison trails which made the experience feel so special. He was informative; sharing great stories due to his vast knowledge of wildlife and of the history of the area. The Lamar Valley was stunning with the fall colors all around us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Safari hike
Madhu_O, Sep 2021
Emily was pleasant. We saw bison & pronghorn but no bears. Good food. We were given a local number by the operator on booking but there is no response from that number. It is hard to contact them for any questions before the hike.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the hike. Sorry we missed your call. We are working on hiring a full-time receptionist so we never miss a call during business hours.
Tony_A, Aug 2021
Alex was a fantastic guide. We rate this our best excursion in Yellowstone. Buffalo, wolves, badgers, eagles….it was spectacular.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Yellowstone kayak worth it
ERIC_G, Aug 2021
Excellent trip. Luckily we had calm waters and easy and fun kayaking . Leaders we very friendly and knowledgeable about Yellowstone lake and the park in general. Cool to see geysers from kayak that wouldn’t otherwise see. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great hike in Lamar Valley
Jerry_P, Jul 2021
We loved this hike. Emily Jo did a great job, giving us so much history and information on the area. We loved seeing all the wild life too!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Your are terrible
mike_c, Jul 2021
You guys suck. You booked two tours for me over for an a half hours from my hotel. That means I would’ve been commuting nine hours to each of these excursions. I will never use you again I will tell as many people as I can not to use you.
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Hi Mike. I am a little confused. Your tour is in one month. You called the other day and I moved you to a tour closer to Wilson, Wyoming. If you would like to cancel the tour altogether please let me know.
Wonderful hike but not sure it was worth the $$
Shelly_D, Jun 2021
I would give it a higher review but not sure it was worth the $$. In our lunch we got a warm and mushy lunch meat sandwich on bread that the meat probably would not pass inspection after being unrefrigerated for so long (4+ hours on a warm day) The hiking experience was great but if you offer lunch it should be better thought out. Also would have liked a more experienced guide… not bad though.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you for your review. We will be providing a cold pack for people to keep their sandwiches chilled while on the trail on those hot days.
1 traveler found this review helpful
George_B, Jun 2021
After rushing to get to the tour with road closures the tour started with the guide showing up 30-minutes late. We took numerous breaks and after an 1 hour and 45 minutes of hiking we could still see our cars from the parking lot. We were disappointed the guide had moose and elk antlers hidden in the big discovery! The exposure to wildlife was limited and better on the car ride to the tour. The entire hike took 6 hours and covered less than 6 miles. Yes it took us one hour to cover one mile through the valley. The hike certainly be done in a couple of hours and our time spent on vacation exploring other areas. Disappointing!
Response from Host, Jun 2021
We are very sorry to hear you were kept waiting. Thank you for your review. Our hikes do move at a slower pace, depending on the group. Sometimes the guides will take some time to look around the beautiful, scenic valley and try to spot some wildlife.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Must Do!
Jeannette_K, May 2021
Josh was great. Very knowledgable. We saw so much thanks to him. Saw places we otherwise would not have. Lunch by the river. Can't wait to be back there one day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Pete_G, May 2021
My son (22) and I (55M) booked this hike after reading reviews of several companies and it did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded all expectations! Communication before the day of the hike were great and the directions to the trailhead were spot on. Our guides, Josh and Alex were at the meeting site early and enthusiastically greeted us and the other hikers. They passed around the day’s snacks and lunches along with trekking poles, binoculars and bear spray for everyone. After a brief safety review, we started off on our hike. The valley isn’t like hiking in the mountains, but it’s also not perfectly flat. You’ll need to be in moderate shape even though you’ll stop multiple times for breaks to rest, learn about the flora and fauna and have a snack if you want. We walked about 3 miles before eating the provided lunch which was a turkey and Swiss sandwich, chips and any of the snacks that you might have left. It will take about another 3 hours to make it back to the trailhead to complete the hike. Josh talked to us about the plants animals in the park along with history of the area including how the valley was formed. We saw hundreds of bison, many pronghorn, some grizzlies (from a great distance), bighorns and countless cute little ground squirrels. It was a great day that we’ll never forget. A few pointers: bring your own binoculars if you have good ones , don’t forget a rain jacket, you’ll need plenty of water and sunscreen and make sure your hiking boots are well broken in. I highly recommend this trip!!!
2 travelers found this review helpful


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